Jez Bond and the team at Park Theatre have announced that the theatre has plans to reopen its doors in the New Year, with socially distanced shows in both auditoria: a revival of comedy thriller Corpse! in Park90 from 7-30 January 2021; Coffee, Croissant and a Concert, a Sunday series of chamber music concerts throughout January in Park200; followed by the premiere of ghost story When Darkness Falls in Park200 from 24 February to 13 March.
Between 25-30 January, Park Theatre is also running Park Sessions: Get Into It, a programme of free professional development opportunities for creatives that identify as working class, working class LGBTQI+, those who are D/deaf or disabled and those of a culturally diverse heritage curated in partnership with Holly Adomah Thompson of Getting in Formation.
Artistic director Jez Bond said:
“We’re so excited to be reopening our doors with a socially distanced programme of work in January. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far – we look forward to welcoming you all back to the venue with enhanced Covid secure measures to ensure everyone visiting has an enjoyable and safe experience.”
Corpse!, written by Gerald Moon and directed by Clive Brill, opened at Park Theatre on 4 March 2020 but was forced to close early due to the pandemic. Casting for the 2021 run includes Christopher Harper (Coronation Street), Paul Kemp (Imperium, RSC), the Olivier Award-winning Suzan Sylvester (A View From The Bridge, Aldwych Theatre) and Christopher Buckley (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Frinton Summer Theatre). Casting is by Hayley Kaimakliotis, set design is by Beth Colley, costume design is by Neil Gordon and with lighting and sound design is by Pip Thurlow.
The premiere of a brand new spine-chilling ghost story When Darkness Falls is based on true events by James Milton and Paul Morrissey, and features Will Barton (The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson) and Alex Phelps (Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre). The production has set design by Justin Williams, sound design by Tom Marshall and magic and illusion design by John Bulleid.